These shorts run a little bigger than normal circo brand shorts which was a nice surprise - I ordered a small he is in 7 in most of his pants and he still has plenty of room...might even get another year out of them.
My son liked them instantly since the waistband is comfy & still adjustable with a drawstring and he doesn't have to slow down to snap or button.
I bought these in every color for my teen sons and they LOVE them. They are very soft, don't pill or fade and look great. I even tried a pair on for myself and as a female who wears a size 10 in jeans, a size XL fit me very well and are very flattering. I don't know why anyone would pay more for kids shorts when you can get more for less. They go with everything, wash up nicely and the price is right.
These shorts are great but they run small. My son wears a medium, 8-10, in everything, but the medium was very small. Exchanged them for a large and they are a little big, but the drawstring waist makes them wearable now.